A Well-Designed Day in Minneapolis

A Well-Designed Day in Minneapolis

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Adrienne Breaux
May 6, 2016
(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

Thomas Wegner's Minneapolis house is bold and thoughtful, so it's no surprise to learn he has a background in interior design. He's created a simple and minimal space that doesn't skimp on style or uniqueness: every room in his home features something he has made by hand. He currently spends his workdays designing events and graphics for a furniture company and he's also an avid Airbnb host. He shares with Apartment Therapy readers a well-designed day in Minneapolis.

Thomas Wegner has lived in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis for two years. Below, he shares his idea of a well-designed day:


My day started like most of mine do: with a homemade breakfast. I need a a hot shower, a dose of protein and a cup of tea to get going in the morning.

After breakfast I needed to run a bunch of errands around town, starting with returning some books to the library. I love the open aesthetic and the architecture of the Cesar Pelli designed, main Hennepin County Library (@hclib). Some say the building was inspired by an open book or a ship of knowledge.

I recently added a book to my to-read list so I stopped at @moonpalacebooks in my neighborhood and was lucky enough to find a used copy. Moon Palace is a great little independent bookstore with a great selection of poetry, local interest and hard-to-find magazines. Not to mention they are right next to a local coffee shop; what a great combo.

(Image credit: Thomas Wegner)

I stopped in at my favorite local vintage shop, @esemporium, to look for a gift for a friend's upcoming wedding. I found a great mid-century serving tray she's sure to love as well as a really unique ceramic accent piece.

(Image credit: Thomas Wegner)

With all of my errands completed I needed a break and some lunch so I went to one of my favorite spots, Sonora Grill on East Lake Street. This place has really tasty cheap eats full of flavor. I love the chicken caramelos and their house margarita is great, too.

Next up was a visit to the @walkerartcenter. This world renowned modern art museum is always a wonderful place for inspiration and surprises. I took in the Ordinary Pictures show and also spotted an interesting sculpture by Michelangelo Pistoletto, "Lunch Painting Minus Objects." I think the sculpture could be inspiration for something I may build and add to my yard.

(Image credit: Thomas Wegner)

As the art center was closing for the day and evening was starting, I decided I better head into the community ceramics studio at Powderhorn Park where I'm taking a class and work on a few pieces of pottery before it got too late.

(Image credit: Thomas Wegner)

After time in the studio, I headed home to make a simple dinner of roasted root vegetables with a raw kale salad and get cozy with a good book for the night.


(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

See more of Thomas' style in his Minneapolis house tour!

And he rents out his stylish upstairs room on Airbnb.

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Our "well-designed day" neighborhood guides are a visual tour of what a great day looks like from the perspective of a local.

You've loved the peeks inside gorgeous homes from around the world, so we thought we'd ask house tour stars to share their other homes—the neighborhoods and cities they live in. These are the stylish, colorful, bold and fun spaces that these locals would visit if they were designing a great day of stopping at favorite spots (or lounging around at home!). You can follow on our Instagram as we post images from their well-designed day and read more about this series.

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